Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tobago cops: Report sex crimes

Police in Tobago have told members of the public to report crimes of a sexual nature to them.

They are promising to bring those guilty to the courts, but are calling for co-operation.

Police officers met yesterday with children of various secondary schools in Tobago at Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) Building in Scarborough, speaking to them about sexually related offences and how they can be protected.

They also looked at the Sexual Offences Act.

Acting Cpl Joseph Jordan told the Express the lecture on sex education was planned since last October and will culminate with a quiz next week.

“We look at it as an educational drive for children, parents and teachers, which would prevent them from some of the offences they may encounter from time to time,” said Jordan.

Jordan said community police officers are willing to assist members of the public.

“I would advise, in particular, young children that if you are sexually harassed or if anyone is threatening you along that nature, you can find somebody who you trust,” he said.

For the past three years, approximately 15 sexual offences have been officially reported in Tobago, but officers face challenges in bringing those guilty to justice.

“Sometimes it is rather difficult to convict some of these persons because persons are reluctant to really speak, and that is one of the challenges in getting convictions,” Jordan said.